King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Updated:
20 January 2015
Location:
London
Sectors:
Health, Hospitality, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

 The Trust:

  • is committed to improving the care of people with dementia and providing support for carers. The Trust has a Dementia Steering Group, with a lead consultant geriatrician as dementia champion.
  • works closely with the other members of King’s Health Partners: King’s College London, Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley.
  • has a dedicated Dementia & Delirium (DAD) team. It includes four dementia nurse specialists, supporting patients along the dementia care pathway, providing inpatient and outpatient interventions plus education and training across the Trust.
  • has three specialist gerontology wards including one ward with a specific remit for dementia.
  • provides an older person’s assessment unit for the ambulatory treatment and assessment of older people including a dedicated memory service. This is operationally integrated with the Southwark and Lambeth Memory Service (SLMS), working with other providers to deliver specialist assessment and treatment for people with memory problems and mild to moderate dementia.
  • has an Older People’s Assessment and Liaison Team whose role is to promote high quality, evidence based comprehensive care for older people admitted as an emergency admission, and who screened positively for dementia on admission.
  • works closely with the specialist Older Person’s Psychiatric Liaison Service.

 

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

  • Demographic change and the rising proportion of people with dementia in the local population leading to significant service pressures, large numbers of admissions and growing demand on the memory service.
  • Developing and sustaining integrated care across multiple providers for patients with dementia.
  • Ensuring relevant CQUIN objectives are delivered.
  • To support the needs of carers and signpost them to local services in a constantly changing environment.
  • Developing and sustaining integrated care across multiple providers for patients with dementia.
  • Ensuring relevant CQUIN objectives are delivered.
  • To support the needs of carers and signpost them to local services in a constantly changing environment.

2. Actions

  • To apply for funding to secure the roll out of a second specially designed sensory ward

    To apply for funding to secure the roll out of a second specially designed sensory ward which provides a more appropriate inpatient environment for dementia patients and older adults.   To extend the principles of this design to our ambulatory Older Person’s Assessment Unit.

    Status:

    Update - First Quarter

    Nothing to report - new DAA member

    Update - Second Quarter

    N/A

    Update - Third Quarter

    N/A

  • Develop our integrated geriatric medicine service

    To secure the funding for an additional dementia consultant who will develop our integrated geriatric medicine service, working closely across the community and with local general practitioners and other providers.

    Status:

    Update - First Quarter

    Nothing to report - new DAA member

    Update - Second Quarter

    N/A

    Update - Third Quarter

    N/A

  • Volunteers'contribution

    Explore the contribution that volunteers can make to our service.

    Status:

    Update - First Quarter

    Nothing to report - new DAA member

    Update - Second Quarter

    N/A

    Update - Third Quarter

    N/A